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Denison Admission Requirements

Granville, Ohio

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Your chances of getting into Denison University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Denison University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Denison is 28%.  Its admission rate is the 2nd lowest in Ohio and the 85th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Denison and can you get accepted?

Denison is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, only 2,689 out of the 9,513 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 16 percent on standardized admission tests. Denison University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Denison?

28% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Denison University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.76 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1330 on the SAT
  • Score 30 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Denison University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 23% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

Denison SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 610
Math 25th Percentile 620
Composite 25th Percentile 1230
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 740
Composite 75th Percentile 1430
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Denison University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Denison is 1330 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1230-1430. Students who get into Denison University score in the top 20 percent of all SAT test takers..  Denison ranks #5 in the state of Ohio and #130 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1330 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Denison regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1230, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1130, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Denison University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1330 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1330, you have around a 28% chance of being admitted. A 1430 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 42% chance of getting in.

Denison University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >42%
1330 to 1430 Avg + 28%-42%
1230 to 1330 Avg - 17%-28%
1130 to 1230 Reach 10%-17%
Less than 1130 Low <10%
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Denison ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 27
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 28
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Denison?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Denison is 30, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 28 and 32.  The school ranks #4 in Ohio and #123 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 30. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 28 and score in the score in the top 12 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 26.

23 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Denison University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Denison University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Denison for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 30 score has around 28% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 42% with a 32 ACT score.

Denison University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >42%
30 to 32 Avg + 28%-42%
28 to 30 Avg - 17%-28%
26 to 28 Reach 10%-17%
Less than 26 Low <10%
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Denison GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Denison University?

The GPA requirements for getting into Denison are to have around a 3.76 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Denison University is 3.76 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve this GPA, you need to earn A- letter grades and score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.

 The school ranks #8 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Denison will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Since Denison is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.76 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

71% of Denison University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. To be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class to meet the admission criteria.

High School Class Rank for admitted Denison University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 71%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Denison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,197 4,316 9,513
Accepted 1,452 1,237 2,689
Acceptance Rate 28% 29% 28%
Enrolled 334 320 654
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 26% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Denison University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Denison University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Denison University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Denison University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202523 IPEDS survey data for Denison University.


Does Denison University prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to Denison. 23% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Denison University?

28% of those who apply are granted admission to Denison. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1430. 28% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. 23% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.